The Folkston Police Department recently released the following incident reports that occurred December 10 to December 31.

On December 10, Officer Wyatt Garvin conducted a traffic stop on a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Benjamin Troy Simmons, for an out headlight. While asking for the offender’s driver’s license, Officer Garvin observed substantial damage to the front end and a cracked windshield on the vehicle. It was determined that Simmons had left the scene of an accident. Officer Garvin checked Simmons’ information through GCIC and it was revealed Simmons’ license was suspended through Florida for child support obligation on November 13, 2017. Simmons was transported to the jail, interviewed, charged with licensed driving while license suspended/revoked, leaving the scene of an accident with injury/damage, driving an unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle, and view obstructed (windshield/other). He was turned over to the jailor on duty. It was later revealed the accident occurred in the county and the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office handled the accident. The charge for leaving the scene of an accident was dismissed.

December 13, Officer Michael Maddox was sitting stationary on GA Hwy 4 at MP3 and observed a 2011 Nissan Altima traveling southbound with no headlights. Due to low visibility caused by heavy fog, he conducted a traffic stop on the Altima. Upon making contact with the driver, Brad William Lee, he was advised Lee’s driver’s license was suspended. A check on Lee showed his Georgia driver’s license was suspended on March 14, 2019 for failure to appear.  A check of the vehicle’s Georgia tag through GCIC showed the vehicle’s registration was suspended with unknown insurance status. Lee was placed under arrest.  The vehicle was towed by Seldomridge Towing.  Lee was transported to the Charlton County jail, where he was issued citations for the charges of lighted headlights/other lights required, licensed driving while license suspended/revoked, driving with suspended tag, and no insurance. Lee was turned over to the jailor on duty. This case was cleared by arrest.

December 14, Officer Wyatt Garvin observed a blue 2005 Toyota Matrix traveling northbound on GA Hwy 4 at an excessive rate of speed. Officer Garvin activated his radar and clocked the vehicle at 74 M.P.H. in a 50 M.P.H. zone on GA Hwy 4 near Bowery Lane. He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and observed an object thrown out of the vehicle as it was pulling over. Officer Garvin made contact with the driver, Justin Caleb Thornton, as well as passengers, Lexie Kay Thornton and Josie Sky Roberson.  A five-month-old child was also in the vehicle. The driver, Justin Thornton, was ultimately placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and speeding after methamphetamine was located during the stop.  Thornton was transported to the Charlton County Sheriff’s office, interviewed, and turned over to the jailor on duty. Warrants were secured in this matter. This case was closed. 

December 14, Officer Wyatt Garvin received a call in reference to a suspicious vehicle on Everett Street in Folkston.  When he arrived in the area, he observed a white 1998 Mercury Tracer on Bailey Street. Officer Garvin made contact with the vehicle as it was traveling on Pinewood Street towards Sixth Street. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle due to a brake light not illuminating near the intersection of Pinewood and Third Street. His investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle, Alonzo Perry, was driving under the influence of alcohol and was a convicted felon who was in possession of multiple firearms. One of the firearms recovered from the vehicle was missing its serial numbers and opened containers of alcohol were located within the vehicle.  Perry and his passenger, Jakob Nathaniel Crow, were placed under arrest and transported to the Charlton County Sheriff’s Office for booking and turned over to the jailor on duty. Warrants were secured in this matter. GCIC revealed Alonzo Perry’s license was suspended through Georgia on September 18, 2019 for cancellation. Perry was charged with firearms possession by convicted felon, criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark, licensed driving while license suspended/revoked, open container violation, DUI-alcohol .08 GM (over 21), and driving an unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle. Crow was charged with criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark and open container violation.

December 14, Officer Michael Maddox was sitting stationary on GA Hwy 4. He observed a 2007 Toyota Camry traveling southbound with the driver’s side headlight not working. Officer Maddox made a stop on the vehicle. While stopping, he observed the driver’s side break light not working as well. He spoke with the driver, Phylicia Mercer Robinson, who advised she did not have her driver’s license with her. A check through CGIC showed her Florida license was suspended on September 9, 2019 for criminal fail to pay. Robinson was placed under arrest and transported to the Charlton County jail where she was issued citations for driving an unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle and licensed driving while license suspended/revoked. She was turned over to the jailor on duty. This case was cleared by arrest.

December 15, Officer Gary Rhoden observed a 2006 Toyota CV traveling north on GA Hwy 4 with the driver’s side headlight out. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and met the driver, Chester David Park. While speaking to  Park, Officer Rhoden smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He conducted an investigation, which led to marijuana being found in the vehicle. Park was placed under arrest, transported to the jail, interviewed, and charged with VGCSA less than one ounce (marijuana) and driving an unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle. He was turned over to the jailor on duty.

December 19, Officer E. R. Blount, with Brantley County S.R.O. observed Jaquaz Daquan Jackson drop a clear bag containing marijuana on the gym floor. Officer Michael Maddox advised Officer Gary Rhoden of the incident and Officer Rhoden placed Jackson under arrest. While searching Jackson’s person, Officer Rhoden located another bag with marijuana in his jacket pocket. Officer Rhoden secured Jackson in his patrol vehicle, transported him to the jail, interviewed, and charged him with VGCSA less than one ounce. Jackson was turned over to the jailor on duty.

December 21, Officer Daniel Lightsey conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Ford F350 at GA Hwy 4 for not having a tag displayed and not having lights on a trailer. A check of the vehicles information through G.D.R.I.V.E.S. revealed the registration was suspended. Officer Lightsey placed the driver, Sean Rahmad Howard, under arrest for the charges of driving an unsafe/improperly equipped vehicle, driving with a suspended tag, and driving without a tag. Howard was transported to the Charlton County jail. The vehicle was towed by Seldomridge. This case was closed.

December 21, Officer Kurtis Ford was running a stationary radar on GA Hwy 4 when he witnessed a 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander speeding. He clocked the vehicle going 76 M.P.H. in a 55 M.P.H. zone. Officer Ford conducted a traffic stop and met the offender, Hasheem Tariq Roberson. GCIC revealed Mr. Roberson’s license was suspended on August 8, 2019 for failure to pay traffic fines. Roberson was placed under arrest and transported to the Charlton County jail. He was issued citations for speeding and licensed driving while license suspended/revoked. This case was cleared by arrest.

December 28, Officer Wyatt Garvin observed a 2007 Ford Fusion traveling north on GA Hwy 4, failing to maintain its lane of travel. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and met the driver, William Lamont Woods, II. Woods advised Officer Garvin that his license was suspended and handed him a Florida I.D. card. Officer Garvin ran Woods’ information through GCIC and it came back his license was suspended through Florida on September 20, 2018 for F.S. support delinquent. Woods was placed under arrest at that time. Further investigation revealed Woods was in possession of narcotics and an open container of alcohol was within the vehicle. Woods was read his Miranda Warning/Constitutional Rights. He then refused to comply with the DUI testing.  Officer Garvin read him implied consent and he again refused testing.  He was transported to the jail where a search warrant was obtained for Woods’ blood from Judge Hugh Chancey. Woods was interviewed and turned over to the jailor on duty. Warrants were secured in this matter. Woods was charged with possession of cocaine, DUI-refusal, and licensed driving while license suspended/revoked.

December 31, Officer Jason Rifenbark responded to a domestic dispute at 597 First Street. When Officer Rifenbark arrived he observed the offenders, Leo Scipio and Leresa Lashawn Buie, yelling cuss words and arguing at each other outside in public sight and earshot. The offenders were taken into custody for disorderly conduct and transported to the Sheriff’s office where they were interviewed and issued a citation for disorderly conduct. They were then turned over to the jailor on duty. This case was closed.